Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program
The School of Natural Resources and Extension welcomes and encourages returned Peace Corps volunteers in the Peace Corps Fellows program. This is a wonderful way to continue your volunteer service while earning a higher degree.
The Peace Corps Fellows program advances the Peace Corps' third goal "to help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans," by developing and maintaining educational partnerships that place returned Peace Corps volunteers in internships in underserved U.S. communities. Through the internships, Peace Corps Fellows are able to use the knowledge and skills they developed during their overseas service to improve people's lives in the U.S.. As Peace Corps Fellows, they earn graduate degrees while advancing their professional development for careers in a wide range of fields.
Pursuing a Master of Science degree in Natural Resources Management or a Master of Natural Resources Management will help you master a specialty in a natural resources field and give you a chance to practice that specialty in a Peace Corps Fellows internship in an underserved community. Both degrees may be tailored to a student's interests and career goals so the curricula are very flexible. Students coming into the programs without sufficient backgrounds in the sciences or natural resources may need to take additional basic courses.
Some of the problems needs-based communities in Alaska face include maintaining adequate food resources for family subsistence, providing educational services, especially in small, remote communities or local schools, proper waste disposal in rural communities and technical assistance in natural resources management.
The fellowship includes a stipend of $15,000 for two semesters, plus tuition for a minimum of 9 and maximum of 10 graduate credits. Currently, nine graduate credits cost $3,807 for Alaska residents and $7,776 for nonresidents. The fellowship also pays for graduate student health insurance, which currently costs $2361.00 for a full year (fall, spring, summer.) Payment of all fees are the responsibility of the student and they run approximately $800.00 per semester.
To qualify for a fellowship, students must be starting in a fall semester and their UAF online application for admission must be complete by February 1st.